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Art History and English Literature University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our joint honours BA Art History and English Literature course brings together expertise from two subject areas to give you a greater breadth of study.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of course units across both fields, taking core and elective modules in both fields. In the first year, you will sample a wide variety of artistic and literary traditions and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skills on which to build in Years 2 and 3. There is also a compulsory dissertation in the final year.

The emphasis is on flexibility and choice within this joint degree, which also offers opportunities for field trips and museum and gallery visits.

Art History provides a grounding in European and North American art and architecture, covering topics to the present day, as well as subjects in global art history.

We offer an unusually broad choice of subject areas, paired with in-depth study and research. Particular strengths are in Medieval, Renaissance, Post-Renaissance, Modern, Contemporary and Global Art History.

You will also discover a range of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day and will be able to study American, Irish and post-colonial literatures, as well as cultural theory, creative writing and film.

You can attend lectures and exhibitions at the internationally-renowned Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, while the English Research Seminar and CriticalMASS, the American Studies research seminar, also offer a series of interesting talks.

The Centre for New Writing hosts a regular public event series, Literature Live, which brings contemporary novelists and poets to the University to read and engage in conversation. Manchester Literature Festival also takes place at venues at the University and across the city each autumn.

Our student societies enrich the learning process through regular social/academic events designed to encourage knowledge and understanding of the north-west's creative communities.

We aim to:

  • Provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of art and its histories;

  • Develop your understanding of the production, circulation, and interpretation of written texts and visual culture in specific historical contexts;

  • Encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, including film, music and English language texts from the British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present;

  • Encourage you to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word and visual images, enabling you to carry these qualities of response into future reading and viewing experiences;

  • Promote awareness of the role of literature and the visual arts within different cultures and societies, including our own;

  • Foster awareness of the role of museums and galleries in the production and reproduction of cultural values.

Study Abroad

You may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of your degree.

Exchange partners are offered in Europe, through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in either the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code QV33
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA - AAB AAA-AAB to include English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

It is not necessary to have studied Art or Art History before taking this course. However, we welcome students who can show an active interest in and enthusiasm for the subject by visiting museums and galleries or by their choice of reading.

Typical contextual offer: Grades AAB including English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone). General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the offer.

We recognise that applicants often achieve higher than their predicted grades, so we will consider applicants who are predicted to achieve one grade below our standard offer of AAA. The standard offer will be made in all cases, unless the applicant is studying for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). These applicants will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer with the condition they must achieve a Grade A in the EPQ.

Applicants who are eligible for a contextual offer will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer applicants. Applicants who are also studying the EPQ and achieve a Grade A will receive an offer two grades below the standard entry requirements.

If your predicted grades are at the lower end of our advertised range and you are not studying the EPQ please contact the School to discuss your application as the School considers all applications holistically.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We require DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Access to HE Diploma Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Applicants must also have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Please read the A-level entry requirements for this programme and then look at the relevant set of Access requirements:

For programmes requiring A*AA and AAA: a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of these credits must be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

OR

For programmes requiring AAB: a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.
Scottish Higher For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAAABB or AABB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.
or
AAB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AA.
or
AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AB.
AS Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme. Pre-U equivalencies will be:

AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and Grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.
or
AAB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, D3, M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefit of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview.

For this programme, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we may make students who are currently taking, or have completed the EPQ, an alternative offer.

For programmes requiring AAA, we will also make an alternative offer of AAB plus the Extended Project at Grade A.

For programmes requiring AAB, we will also make an alternative offer of ABB plus the Extended Project at Grade A.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (note that some degree programmes may require a higher grade than this - please see individual programme requirements). GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 - 35 points AAA: 36 points overall, with 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.
or
AAB: 35 points overall, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in English Literature ( or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone ).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D* Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at Grades AA, OR full Tech Ext Cert Grade D* plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, A-level Grade A is required in English Literature ( or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone ).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature ( or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone ), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AA; one of these A-levels must be in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We require Dplus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade A.
Scottish Advanced Higher For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAAABB or AABB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.
or
AAB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A.

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AA.
or
AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AB.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) to which you plan to apply.

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education.

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences. Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest. There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester. The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to. Further information for mature students can be found here (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/)


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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